Hey,bookworms! We are in one of my favorite months. Why is it my favorite month,you ask? Well, Amani will be 12 years old on the 23rd and my closest friend’s son will be turning 4 years old. He and my daughter are birthday twins. Plus, on Thanksgiving Day, that same friend’s other son will be 8 years old. That means lots of celebrating and plenty of food and desserts. Now, let’s talk books.
My Fall reading TBR is pretty ambitious. Especially since, I threw in a+700 page behemoth that I started like a year ago. I still haven’t gotten a quarter of a way through it. I LOVE a big book and it irks me that I haven’t finished this one yet. Here’s what I did finish in October:
THE WATER DANCER BY TANEHISI COATES
This book was sooo good!!! It follows a slave named Hi(ram) whose mother is taken away from him as a child. Hi has a special ability to remember every thing down to the smallest detail. This journey takes him to the Underground where he works with Harriet Tubman herself. She also possesses the unique gift Hi has. She helps aid in his getaway but the journey takes him back to his owner who is also his father. Through his trials Hi learns to hone his gift and use it to reconnect people while trying to remember his own mother.
There are sooo many gems in this book. Coates brings a unique perspective on slavery by adding a magical realism twist. Not only does Hi witness classism among white people but he gets a glimpse at women’s suffrage and the plight of Native American people as well. Though the story of slavery has been told MANY times, Coates holds his own fresh take on a dark time that we are still dealing with today.
THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY BY ALIX E. HARROW
This book was unique in how it used time travel to tell the story of January. She finds a Door one day that leads to a different time and a different wirld and decides to pursue finding more as a way to deal with her father’s constant absence and the death of her mother. January grows up with a rich benefactor who is her father’s employer and even though on the surface he seems like a great guy, January doesn’t tell him about the Door or the book she found about Doors. There are characters that are clearly the bad guys but I enjoy how Mr. Locke., January’s guardian, is walking a thin line between a greedy bad guy and a parent who was too overprotective and misguided. January’s own father was not honest with her either and it drives a wedge between her dad and her. Overall, this book was beautifully written and the characters well developed. The only thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars is the ending felt a little confusing and I’ll definitely have to read the book again to properly understand how Locke became Locke and his motives for closing Doors but other than that, I loved it. I could see there being a 2nd part,perhaps a prequel to delve into Locke and if so I’d read it.
What I noticed about both reads is that they both discuss subjects that hav been written about a million times. However, they both provide a unique story with characters that show real growth and are relatable. These were both e ARCs but because I really enjoyed them so much,I will be purchasing physical copies.
Olive,Again by Elizabeth Strout
If You Want To Make God Laugh by Bianca Marais
Dear Girls by Ali Wong
A Man In Full by Tom Tom Wolfe (that +700 page behemoth I mentioned earlier)
Tell me, what are your November TBRs? Have you read any of these? Happy reading!!!